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Athalakkai Kulambu Recipe / Tangy Athalakkai Curry Recipe / Athalakkai Recipes

Athalakkai Kulambu Recipe / Tangy Athalakkai Curry Recipe / Athalakkai Recipes

Athalakkai is an Indian vegetable, found in all parts of south India during winter. It looks like baby bitter gourd, also it has the same bitter taste but crunchy due to the seeds in it. This is a medicinal vegetable, which helps in weight loss, prevents diabetics and helps maintains the blood sugar level.

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Athalakkai / Athalakka

My mom prepares curry, stir-fry/poriyal using this Athalakkai, but I never eat them due to the bitter taste, but now after my husband diagnosed with diabetics, I purposely got this from my home town “Thoothukudi” and prepared this curry for him.

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Athalakkai Kulambu recipe / Athalakkai pulikuzhambu recipe / Athalakkai recipes

Athalakkai Kulambu is simple to prepare, the tanginess in the curry reduces the bitter taste of Athalakkai, also I prefer using Gingelly/Sesame oil to bring the bitterness down. This curry goes out well with steamed rice and appalam / pappad or steamed rice and omelette. Also, it goes out well with dosa. Let me share the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • Athalakkai – 1 cup
  • Onions – 2 nos
  • Garlic – 4 cloves
  • Tomato – 1 no
  • Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Cumin seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Tamarind – a lemon (medium) size
  • Chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt – 1 tsp

Preparation:

  • Peel and finely chop the onions, garlic and tomatoes into small pieces.
  • Soak tamarind in a cup of water for 10 mins, mash the tamarind well in the water, discard the flesh and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel, add the mustard, cumin and fenugreek seeds followed by curry leaves and wait until they crackle.
  • Add the onions, garlic pieces and cook until they turn golden brown in color.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook until they turn pulpy.
  • Add the athalakkai, followed by turmeric powder, chilli powder, cumin powder and salt.
  • Cook for few mins or until the raw smell of the masala goes off.
  • Pour the tamarind extract along with a cup of water, bring it to boil, cover and cook until athalakkai becomes soft and tender.
  • Once cooked, remove the lid and cook in low flame until the curry thickens and the oil floats on the top of the curry.

Serve hot with steamed rice and pappad or steamed rice and omelette.

 

 

Spinach Moru Curry Recipe / Keerai Mor Kulambu Recipe

Spinach Moru Curry Recipe / Keerai Mor Kulambu Recipe

Mor Kulambu or Moru curry is one of our family’s favorite and at least once in a week we use to have this Mor kulambu. In my earlier days, I use to prepare this moru curry with coconut and later when heard the version of mor kulambu without coconut and tried it, my family loves it to the core. So, this moru curry without coconut has been a default in our weekly menu. Few days back when I had very few spinaches left in my refrigerator along with some grated coconut, as I was planning for a holiday, decided to finish it off and so prepared this moru curry with coconut and spinach.

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Spinach Moru Curry Recipe / Keerai Mor Kulambu Recipe / Mor Kuzhambu recipe with coconut

Keerai Mor Kulambu / Spinach Mor Kulambu is an easy, simple, also less time-consuming dish but delicious and healthy. Goes out well with steamed rice for lunch with any stir-fry or deep fry or chips. Let me share the recipe…

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Spinach Moru Curry Recipe / Keerai Mor Kulambu Recipe / Mor Kuzhambu recipe with Coconut

Ingredients:

  • Curd / Yogurt – 2 cups
  • Spinach – ½ cup
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Onions – ½ no (medium size)
  • Cumin seeds – ¼ + 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek / Methi / Vendayam seeds – a pinch
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Coconut (grated or pieces) – ¼ cup
  • Coconut oil – 1 tbsp
  • Red chillies – 3 nos
  • Salt – 1 tsp or as per your taste

Making of Keerai Moru Curry / Keerai Mor Kuzhambu –

Preparation:

  • Clean and finely chop the spinach, keep it aside.
  • Whisk the curd, make sure no lumps are formed or whisk in mixer using the reverse mode just for a second.
  • Peel and finely chop the onion, keep it aside.
  • Grind coconut, red chillies and a tsp of cumin seeds to a fine paste by adding little water and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard, fenugreek, cumin seeds followed by curry leaves and wait until it crackles.
  • Add the onions, cook until they turn transparent.
  • Add the finely chopped spinach, cook for few mins or until the leaves turn dark green in color.
  • Pour ½ cup of water, cover and cook, until the spinach becomes soft or cooked.
  • Pour in the ground coconut masala, cook until the raw smell goes off.
  • Pour the whisked curd / yogurt, cook in medium flame, keep on stirring continuously, so that you don’t get the curdled texture.
  • Once the curry starts bubbling, remove it from fire and transfer it to a bowl.

Serve it hot with any stir-fry and appalam.

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Coriander Chicken Curry / Malli Kozhi Kuzhmabu – Restaurant Style Coriander Chicken Curry

Coriander Chicken Curry / Malli Kozhi Kuzhmabu – Restaurant Style Coriander Chicken Curry

I have come across Coriander chicken curry in many restaurants, I like to the core, but never thought of giving it a try. Usually we love to have outside food on weekends, just like that I love to relax without any work, but I feel like my kids don’t eat properly when we are out for food. This resulted me in trying out food in restaurant style but from the Madraasi Kitchen and so comes the Coriander Chicken Curry.

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Coriander Chicken curry is one such finger licking curry that goes out well with steamed rice for lunch, idly, dosa, chapathi, parotta for dinner or breakfast. I have infused green paste which gives more flavor, wonderful aroma, lovely texture and beautiful color, the most important thing is it adds freshness to the curry. Let me share the recipe…

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Coriander Chicken Curry / Malli Kozhi Kuzhmabu – Restaruant Style

Ingredients:

  • Chicken / Country Chicken (Nattu Kozhi) – ½ kg
  • Onions – 2 nos (medium size)
  • Green chillies – 2 nos
  • Ginger paste – 2 tsp
  • Garlic paste – 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 2 ½ tsp
  • Coriander leaves with stalks – a handful
  • Mint leaves – half the quantity of coriander leaves
  • Cinnamon (1” inch stick) – 1 no
  • Cloves – 3 nos
  • Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
  • Salt to taste
  • Coconut oil / Any cooking oil – 2 ½ tbsp

Preparation:

  • Wash and clean the coriander, mint leaves, keep it aside.
  • Clean and chop the chicken to medium pieces.
  • Grind coriander leaves, mint leaves and green chillies to a fine paste by adding water and keep it aside.
  • Peel and finely chop the onions and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, add cinnamon, cloves and curry leaves wait until they crackle.
  • Add ginger and garlic paste, cook for few seconds.
  • Add onions and cook until they turn transparent.
  • Add the turmeric, chilli and coriander powder followed by salt and cook until the raw smell goes off.
  • Add the chicken pieces, cook for few mins.
  • Add the ground green paste along with ½ cup of water, give a mix.
  • Cover and cook until the chicken is done.
  • Remove the lid and cook in medium flame until the curry thickens and the oil floats on the top of the curry.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve hot.